Sweden’s national broadband plan, adopted in 2016, has the vision of an entirely connected Sweden and has goals for both mobile coverage and for high-speed broadband connections for households and businesses. By 2020, all households and companies should have access to broadband at a minimum capacity of 100 Mbps and by 2025, all of Sweden should have access to high-speed broadband.

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Summary of broadband development in Sweden

In its broadband strategy, the Swedish government has identified three strategic areas in order to meet the goals set in the strategy: Roles and rules on the broadband market, cost-efficient expansion of the broadband infrastructure and services for everyone. According to the broadband strategy, the focal point has to be people’s need for broadband access, whether they live in densely populated areas, scarcely populated areas and rural areas, or in areas situated in between.

National broadband strategy and policy

Responsible authorities

  • The Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation (Näringsdepartementet) is responsible for digitalisation and broadband policy.
  • The National Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) is the authority that monitors and regulates the electronic communications and post sectors. The vision of the authority is that everyone in Sweden should have access to good telephony, broadband and postal services.
  • The Bredbandsforum was appointed by the Government in 2010 and is responsible for facilitating cooperation between concerned actors in order to promote an effective expansion of broadband infrastructure. The forum also has the mission to create an arena for government, companies, authorities and other organisations to collectively identify obstacles for the deployment and to find solutions facilitating broadband access in the entire country.

Main aims for broadband development

The government’s vision for a completely connected Sweden is that the broadband infrastructure should correspond to the user’s need for connectivity. In the broadband strategy adopted in December 2016, the Swedish government identified the need for goals in two areas: access to high-speed broadband in all of Sweden and access to reliable and high quality mobile services. The objective of the strategy is that 95% of all households and businesses should have access to broadband at a minimum capacity of 100 Mbps by 2020. The strategy goes beyond 2020 and states that by 2025 all of Sweden should have access to high-speed broadband. That implies that 98% of all households and businesses should have access to broadband at a minimum capacity of 1 Gbps. The remaining 1,9% should have access to connections at a minimum capacity of 100 Mbps and 0,1% at a minimum capacity of 30 Mbps. The strategy also has a goal for mobile coverage: all of Sweden should have access to reliable and high-quality mobile services no later than the year 2023.  

Main measures for broadband development

  • Broadband mapping: In Sweden, a web service Ledningskollen has been developed and steered by the Swedish post and telecom authority (NRA) with the aim of sharing information on infrastructure owners (i.e. pipelines and other infrastructure). The platform has been developed and is publicly accessible on a voluntary basis in order to prevent damage during excavation and enhance coordination in civil work. In addition to the Ledningskollen, PTS has a national mapping tool called the Broadband Map (Bredbandskartan), which shows the availability of broadband, network owners and ISPs near a specific location throughout Sweden.
  • Swedish broadband deployment is primarily market driven, but in areas where there are no commercial incentives to invest, there is complementary public funding available. In Sweden, municipalities play an important role in network deployment by way of controlling and determining conditions for access for operators to municipal land.
  • Other measures: The Government has launched a Broadband Forum and is financing a network of regional broadband coordinators as part of the work towards the objectives of the broadband strategy. The aim is to create a platform for dialogue and collaboration to increase broadband development and mobile coverage.

National and regional broadband financial instruments

  • State aid for broadband deployment in areas where there are no commercial investments in NGA-networks is available through the Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and in the northern part of Sweden, also via the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Data on broadband development and technologies in Sweden

For the latest data on broadband coverage, subscriptions and penetrations, coverage of different broadband technologies and costs check the scoreboard reports and the country reports of the Digital Economy & Society Index (DESI).

Spectrum assignments for wireless broadband

Check the overview for details on harmonised spectrum assignments and consult the study on Spectrum assignments in the EU.

Publications and press documents

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Contact information

BCO Sweden (national Broadband Competence Office): The Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (Post och telestyrelsen)

Postal address: Box 5398, SE-102 49 Stockholm, Sweden
Visiting address: Valhallavägen 117, SE-115 31 Stockholm, Sweden
Contact via email
Phone: +46 8 678 58 77
Website

Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation (Näringsdepartementet)

Address: Mäster Samuelsgatan 70, 111 21 Stockholm, Sweden
Contact via email
Phone: +46 8405 10 00
Website

Bredbandsforum

Address: Valhallavägen 117, 115 31 Stockholm, Sweden
Contact via email
Phone: +46 8678 55 00
Website

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